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COOL does not restrict trade
The United States country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for beef was implemented in 2009. While opponents to such consumer transparency issues have claimed that COOL was supported by U.S. cattle producers wishing to restrict trade, I can tell you that never was the intent, and the facts simply don’t support this propagandist tactic.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Grandin: Consideration of animal welfare important
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Fixing the slaughter plants was easy,” Temple Grandin told the 2015 annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “But now I see problems that we are going to have to fix at the farm: lame dairy cows, emaciated dairy cows because somebody let them go too long, animal production to the point we are starting to have problems with animal biology. “We need to look at what is optimal, not what is maximum.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Optimism at Sioux Falls Farm Show
The drum beat of bad news in commodity markets rules the day at the Sioux Falls, S.D., Salute to Agriculture — a multi-venue exposition during the Sioux Falls Farm Show and the concurrent Sioux Empire Farm Show livestock event Jan. 28 to 30.
Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Annual KMOT Ag Expo still upbeat despite lower crop prices
A no-reason-to-panic attitude was typical of people who talked with Agweek Wednesday on the first day of the 44th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the region’s largest and most popular farm shows. The three-day show, which ends Jan. 30, is at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will attend, as will more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Far northwest Wis. residents wrestle with proposed hog facility
An application was filed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in December that would make it the first so-called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in a county widely known for its apple orchards and family farms. The operation could have as many as 20,000 to 25,000 pigs on site at any given time.
Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Family puts money down on beef
ELGIN, N.D. — When Blaine Ottmar’s two sons moved their families back to their hometown of Elgin, N.D., he had to find a way for the family farm to support the new additions, which included six grandsons.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune - News

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Official says corporations should be allowed to own dairies in ND
BISMARCK, N.D. — A drop in the number of North Dakota dairy farms — from 350 in 2000 to 91 today — has led to scrutiny of a state law that allows only family members to form farming corporations.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune - News

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Understand the value of bull identification
When buying registered bulls, always insist on transferring the registration number to your operation. Do not make the statement: “Well, the bull only will be used on commercial cows, so I do not need the bull registered.” That is wrong, just wrong. The biggest toe-stubbing problem in the beef industry is the lack of understanding of the value of individual animal identification.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Prompt treatment of calf scours imperative
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Calf scours, the diarrhea seen during the first 30 days of a calf’s life, is caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites. But the exact cause is less important than prompt treatment, says a University of Missouri professor of food-animal medicine.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - University of Missouri Extension Service - News

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Determine an approach to meet cattle goals
Everything has a cost. As the beef industry interacts with the market, individual producers must decide their approach to survival and meeting the family and operational goals.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Bull-buying decisions can be costly
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Genetic decisions have always been important, but the stakes have never been higher than they are now.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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NFU releases COOL study, Butterfield Foods files reply to HSUS allegations and a new outbreak of avian flu found in Washington state
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection
MENAHGA, Minn. — Ross Genoch walks through his small cattle herd on a cold, clear January morning. The cows, docile and trusting, approach him expectantly. “They’re hoping for a corn cob. Well, they get treated like pets,” he says with a smile.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Jonathan Knutson - News

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Beefing up cancer care
Considering the care they received when cancer affected their lives, Roger and Jan Torkelson knew they wanted to give back. And with cattle being a part of their lives for more than two decades, making a donation through a new cattle program to help others made a lot of sense, as well.
Thursday, January, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Small Minn. butchers rare
In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. No longer. “Boy, it’s just a dying industry,” says Whitman Briard, who operates a butcher shop in New York Mills. “There used to be a meat locker in just about every town. Now there’s one in every other or every third town.”
Tuesday, January, 20, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Beef byproducts at record high values
FARGO, N.D. — The values of beef byproducts — parts such as livers, hearts, tongues, stomachs and hides — have been increasing and are at record-high values, according to Tim Petry, North Dakota State University Extension livestock marketing economist.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Cattle feed convenient resource for birds
Starlings can be a major problem for livestock producers in the northern Plains in the winter. “During a year like our last one, when the weather is particularly cold and the ground is snow-covered, these birds are looking for convenient food sources,” North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder says. “Unfortunately, cattle-feeding areas provide these sources.”
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - - News

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More than half of US dairy farms enroll in MPP, ND farmer arrested with help of drone to get new trial, Bill would remove federal protection of wolves, CFTC rule prevents shortened margin call deadline and Robinson wins national potato honor.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - - News

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Changes in ND laws can attract more operations
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is once again on the cusp of considering changes in the anti-corporate farming law that was originally passed in 1932. Lawmakers are pondering whether loosening the law for some livestock purposes can even the playing field with neighboring states and provinces.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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ND farmer arrested with help of drone to get new trial
Lakota, N.D., farmer Rodney Brossart, whose arrest with the help of drone aircraft earned national attention, will likely face another jury after the North Dakota Supreme Court announced Monday it had tossed out a felony terrorizing conviction.
Tuesday, January, 13, 2015 - - News

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